Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st. Portsmouth EMA is practicing our response procedures and testing all our systems this evening. The Portsmouth Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is fully staffed and bustling with activity.
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Our Emergency Communications (EmComm) Unit is maintaining radio contact with the Portsmouth Fire, Police and Public Works departments. The EmComm Unit is also in contact with the Westerly, RI EOC where a similar training exercise is underway.
Portsmouth EMA conducts EOC activation exercises like this one at least 4 times per year. During an actual emergency the EOC becomes the nerve center for the Town, where Town government leaders and our first responder agencies can effectively coordinate activities to protect our citizens, property, critical infrastructure, and the environment.
The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane forecast predicts a total of 12 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes this year. Are you and your family prepared for a hurricane?
You can find hurricane preparedness information from FEMA here:
You can download Portsmouth’s hurricane preparedness brochure here: